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Phoenix park

Phoenix park, Dublin 8, Ireland

webphoenixpark.ie phone+353 1 820 5800

Established in 1662, the Phoenix at 707 hectares is one of the largest recreational park within any European capital city. About 30% of the Phoenix Park is covered by trees (oak, ash, lime, beech, sycamore, horsechestnut...). The Park is a sanctuary for many mammals (e.g. wild Fallow deer) and birds. The Furry Glen is managed as a conservation area. In the park you can find Áras an Uachtaráin, the residence of the President of Ireland (dates from 1750), the United States Ambassador's residence (built in 1774), the a fortified house Ashtown Castle, Zoo Garden, Victorian People's Flower Gardens, ornamental lakes, playgrounds, picnic areas and many other attractions. The opening hours are 8am till dusk. Closing times vary during the year.

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Guiness Storehouse

St James's Gate, Dublin 8, Ireland

webguinness-storehouse.com phone+353 1 408 4800

Opened in 2000, the Guiness Storehouse became quickly the attraction No. 1 in Dublin. There are 7 floors and glass atrium shaped in the form of a pint of Guinness. The ground floor introduces the beer's four ingredients (water, barley, hops and yeast), and the brewery's founder, Arthur Guinness. Other floors feature the history of Guinness advertising and include an interactive exhibit on responsible drinking. The Gravity Bar with views of Dublin is on the 7th floor. Visitors may there drink a pint of Guinness included in the price of admission. In 2006, a new wing opened incorporating a live installation of the present day brewing process. The Storehouse is open 7 days a week from 9.30am - 5pm (last admission is at 5pm).

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St. Patrick’s Festival

webstpatricksfestival.ie phone+353 1 676 3205

Established by the Government of Ireland in 1995, St. Patrick’s Festival has become Ireland’s biggest annual celebration which seeks to make the national holiday a remarkable experience for all. Every year the Festival is held around March 17th, in honor of the death date of the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick, (AD 385–461). Green is the color for this day, since it signifies life and the Irish spirit and everyone is encouraged to dress in green attire. In Dublin, this festival is a weeklong party, which encompasses the Irish culture of music and style, parades, family carnivals, concerts, skyfest – massive fireworks, street theatre and a lot more.

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O’Connell Bridge

O’Connell Bridge, Dublin, Ireland


O'Connell is the most popular, very busy bridge when you are crossing River Liffey. It is located in the heart of Dublin and joining O'Connell Street to D'Olier Street. The bridge is fairly unique in that its width is slightly greater than its length. During the 17th cent. it was a narrow street known as Drogheda Street (named after Henry Moore, Earl of Drogheda) it was widened and renamed 'Sackville Street' (named after Lionel Sackville, 1st Duke of Dorset) in the late 1700s until 1924 when it was renamed in honour of Daniel O'Connell, a nationalist leader of the early 19th century whose statue stands at the lower end of the street, facing O'Connell Bridge. But be aware there are always beggars and pick pockets around here!

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Christ Church Cathedral

Christchurch Place, Dublin 8, Ireland

webchristchurchdublin.ie phone+353 1 677 8099

Built in 1028, Christ Church Cathedral boasts by beautiful interior and fascinating medieval crypt, one of the largest in Britain & Ireland. The crypt houses fascinating memorials, the mummified Cat & Rat, the Treasury, an audio visual presentation, the shop and Café (you can have there sandwiches, variety of cakes as well as a selection of coffees and teas). The crypt can also be hired for events. The Cathedral used to be place for pilgrims in medieval age, with an important collection of relics ranging from a miraculous speaking cross to a piece from the crib of Jesus. Today, it is still possible to see one of these relics, the heart of Laurence O’Toole, patron saint of Dublin.

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Chester Beatty Library

Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, Ireland

webcbl.ie phone+353 1 407 0750

The Chester Beatty Library is one of the best museums in Europe. Beside miniature paintings, drawings, rare books and decorative arts you can find there Egyptian papyrus texts, beautifully illuminated copies of the Quran (Koran), the Bible, European medieval and renaissance manuscripts. In its diversity, the collection captures much of the richness of human creative expression from about 2700 BC to the present day. All collection is the result of the activities Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968). The extraordinary collection is in a setting adjacent historic Dublin Castle. You can enjoy also a beautiful garden and have a cup of coffee of healthy lunch in Café shop. The addmission is free.

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Áras an Uachtaráin (president residence)

Phoenix Park, Dublin 8, Ireland

webpresident.ie phone+353 1 617 1000

Áras an Uachtaráin (in Irish The President's House) had a colourful history before becoming the Official Residence of the President of Ireland since 1938. The original house was built by Nathaniel Clements and dates from 1751. Áras an Uachtaráin has known many different lives and witnessed much of the history of modern Ireland in the making. The house served from 1782 to 1922 as the residence of the British Viceroys. Official State business takes place here, the home to the President of Ireland, but part of its changing story is its increased openness to the public. There is a free tour. Tickets are available from the Phoenix Park visitors centre on a first come/first served basis. Tours run on Saturdays only, hourly from 10:30am.

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Kilmainham Gaol (prison-museum)

Inchicore Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Ireland

webheritageireland.ie phone+353 1 453 5984

Kilmainham Gaol a former prison converted into a public museum. Kilmainham Gaol played an important part in Irish history, as many leaders of Irish rebellions were imprisoned and some executed in the prison by the British and in 1923 by the Irish Free State. The visit includes a guided tour and exhibition. This is a very busy place and visitors may experience a delay during the summer months. Access by guided tour only.

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